This Fairey Swordsman 33 Aft Cabin motor yacht benefits from the original Mk I low profile aft cabin coachroof which means that unlike the more modern boats the deck is an extension of the cockpit entertaining area. This unique feature is more akin to an aft cockpit boat however with the benefit of an aft cabin for occasional guests, sleeping six in aft cabin, convertible saloon and V berth forward.
‘White Swordsman’ was built in 1964 and as Swordsman hull #2 is a truly original and iconic Fairey Marine boat having won numerous concourse awards and being admired by many as one of a kind.
Gordon Procter her former owner recalled having bought her in 1969 from Peter Twiss, the former World air-speed record holder, and head of sales at Fairey Marine. Then taking a berth in Yarmouth Harbour - how she soon became known as the most used boat there. She was indeed fully occupied, plying not only the Solent but beyond to the Normandy ports and Channel Islands. It was a good life done in style with much fun, food, good wine and sport, whether water-skiing, paragliding and then - not least; racing.
In September 2007 this Fairey Swordsman Mk I Low Profile Aft Cabin 'White Swordsman' featured in an article by Martin Smith in Classic Boat Magazine.
In 2006 her surveyor said "……nearing completion of an extensive re-fit and all work is to a high standard. It is my opinion that this vessel is without doubt one of the best of her type around”.
Swordsman hulls were made with 2.5 mm thick laminations of Agba mahogany; continuous from keel to gunwale.
The bottom was constructed with nine laminations and the topsides six. Agba was preferred for its high resistance to splitting and its ability to bond well with the Borden ‘one-shot’ waterproof glue.
The process began with initial layers of Agba stapled to the hull mould. Subsequent laminations were then applied, glued and positioned with staples –those to be extracted from the under skin before subsequent layers were laid over.
Before placing in the oven, the entire assembly was enclosed in a thick rubber bag. Under vacuum, the bag was pulled tight over the hull’s surface and the whole assembly rolled into the autoclave. Steam in the oven raised the temperature to 100 degrees C at a pressure of around 50 psi for around half an hour. Thus the truly waterproof glue impregnated the wood completely, enabling the layers to amalgamate well without the need for a lot of staples and an extremely resilient hull was formed and left to cure for a week or so.
The superstructure is also of laminated wood while the decks are teak planked and cover boards are varnished teak.
Entering by the sides or over the teak laid after deck, the spacious semi enclosed cockpit with original console has a Makrolon (high strength) screen with all round varnished mahogany handrails.
A Kent screen enables visibility to the helmsman under inclement conditions. The helm to port and co pilot starboard have custom stainless steel seats upholstered in white, piped in blue with back to back guest seats facing aft. The helm position is well served with all controls and instrument near to hand.
Amidships the lifting hatch cover and louvered folding teak door reveal the saloon forward and below reached by a short companionway step ladder.
The saloon is very light in white décor, stylishly trimmed with mahogany and the whole well lit by coach roof windows forward and both sides. Soft furnishings throughout are in blue Alcantara fabric. The cabin soles are carpeted and joinery fittings – locks hinges, door handles etc in stainless steel by Timage & Co
To port are comfortable seats fore and aft and with stowage below facing the demountable Kosipo teak table which doubles as an insert to convert the seats to a double berth.
Forward of the hanging lockers set in semi bulkheads each side, lies the still spacious fore cabin. This cabin shows to full effect the benefits of its complete refit in the variety of high quality woods; new teak, ash and ply paneling combined with Kosipo, American white ash and beautifully lined with mahogany fascia but well lit from aft and above. The original vee berth has stowage drawers under both sides aft and lifting boards for’ard.
Coming aft, the galley with Plastimo Gulf 200C cooker, Top loading Coolmatic fridge freezer, stainless steel sink hot and cold water, work surfaces and stowage outboard and below, is to starboard.
Additional equipment items include:
- 2 x 220 V switched sockets
- 4 x 12 V / 24 V sockets for phone / TV / PC
- 7 x Overhead lights
- 6 x Reading lights
- Isolator switch panel and CD player
- Clock, barometer
The full height head compartment with Jabsco manual WC, and vanity mirror is abaft by the exit.
Access to the spacious aft cabin is via a hatch and companion steps from the after deck. This cabin again maintains the original layout with 2 single berths with drawers under and:
- 2 x Hanging lockers
- Opening port and skylight
- 3 x Reading lights
- 2 x 220 V sockets
- 2 x Phone / electronic device charge points
Original (reconditioned) Simpson Lawrence 555 heavy duty anchor winch
Delta Fast set anchor, chain and warp
Immaculate varnished burgee mast with radar scanner
Original chrome mushroom vents
Stanchions and lifelines with gates port and starboard
Gebo clear screen custom made hatches over saloon and aft cabin
Immaculate varnished handrails
Deck shower with hot and cold water beside gas locker
Full blue acrylic canvas Flexicover cockpit bimini with sides unzipping
All over beige waterproof / breathable easy access cover by Sanders Sails for storage
Transom swimming ladder
Twin Perkins Sabre M 265 Ti units installed 1999
Cruising between 18 to 20 knots (@ 2,500 rpm). Max speed exceeds 30 knots
Consumption each engine circa 7 gph at cruising speed and 11 gph at 25-30 knots
4 bladed bronze propellors
Calorifier to serve new hot/ cold water system
240 V supplementary immersion water heating
Morse engine controls
All original Fairey instruments refurbished and recalibrated
Morven battery auto charger
4 x 24 V Deep cycle heavy duty batteries 2009; (2 engine, 2 domestic)
Shore power system
Automatic isolator bilge pump system with 4 pumps in 3 chambers
Manual bilge pump in cockpit
12 V cigar lighter type outlet sockets; 3 in main cabin, 2 in aft cabin
(All external and internal light fittings by Timage & Co)
Wing fuel tanks each 85 gallons / 386 litres
Stainless steel water tank 40 gallons / 182 litres
Furuno Navnet GPS / chart plotter
Furuno Navigator Dual view GPS / Radar, dome and remote installed 2008
Furuno DSC / VHF
B&G Network Quad (Speed, depth, Log, water temp)
Plastimo steering compass
Sony stereo / CD / radio
Avon R240 life raft (2005 and used only once + bags) with Yamaha 5 outboard (2004)
6 man Avon Ocean canister life raft new in 2006
2 x U life rings
Gas sensor alarm
Engine exhaust heat alarms
Life jackets; Crewsaver Crewfit 1 x 275N, 3 x 150N auto gas and harness + lights.
Offshore flares canister
Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Saltmakers House, Hamble Point Marina
School Lane, Hamble